Audio: Goodnight Mister Tom

A new adaptation of the classic wartime tale Goodnight Mister Tom is at Norwich Theatre Royal from March 9-12. Director Angus Jackson talks about how the story went from page to stage.

A brand new stage play based on the classic wartime novel Goodnight Mister Tom is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal from March 9-12.

It follows the story of William Beech, who is evacuated to the countryside during the build-up to the Second World War and builds up a friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley.

Both have their own personal battle scars, but all goes well until William is summoned back to London and the bonds of the pair's friendship faces an incredible strain.

The cast is headed by the respected stage and screen actor Oliver Ford Davies, whose previous roles include Sio Bibble in the three Star Wars prequels, Polonious opposite David Tennant in the RSC's production of Hamlet and several episodes of Kavanagh QC opposite John Thaw.

And Sammy the Dog is brought to life by skilled puppeteer Laura Cubitt.

The production has been adapted for the stage by the National Children's Dramatist David Wood and is directed by Angus Jackson, associate director at Chichester Festival Theatre.

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For tickets contact the Norwich Theatre Royal box office on 01603 630000.

Click on the link above to the right of the photo to hear Angus Jackson talking about the play.